GUDO Charges INEC on Free, Fair Polls
By Ralph Madugu
The Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) has been charged to ensure the conduct of free and fair elections where every vote counts in the forthcoming polls.
The call was made by the National Executive Council of the Gamai Unity and Development Organisation (GUDO), a socio-cultural body responsible for preserving, promoting and facilitating the unity, welfare and the development of the Gamai nation.
Addressing a press conference in Jos recently, the National President of GUDO, Barrister Dr. Theodore Bala Maiyaki in company of other executive members of the organization, called on Gamai people and other Nigerians to be law abiding during the forthcoming elections.
Said he “We are the conscience of our people. We protect and defend the interest of our people as well as serve as the platform for promoting a seamless and simulated race relations including engagement between our people and other ethnic nationalities in Plateau State and the country at large.”
According to Maiyaki upon assumption of office, the executive tackled the issues of unity and development of the Gamai people, adding that the NEC had set the agenda for changing the narrative by promoting an all-inclusive, broad based and engagement-driven organization.
“Peace is the foundation of development. Without solemn peace, no form of positive and productive engagement can be attained. We commend very strongly the undying commitment of the state government to the enchanting restoration of peace and security to our people. The changing ethno-religious paradigm of love and tolerance and tolerance in the state deserves our unreserved commendation as our people are not only on their way to mutuality of an enduring peace as it was before, but feel even more confident to build new and stronger bridges. We believe that the stage is now set to attract and stimulate the private sector both within and outside the country for growth and fast track development of our dear state,” he said.
Barrister Maiyaki also disclosed that they embarked on consultations with critical stakeholders with a view to not only thank them for the confidence reposed in the NEC to lead the people but also to secure their buy-in for the “articulation and execution of the so many noble programmes we have lined up during our tenure in office.”
He added that during the visits, the executive met with other stakeholders on the Plateau Project including representatives of some tribes, religious and other interest groups in the state.
The organization commended the administration of Governor Simon Lalong saying “It was found empirical indicators with admiration, that the government of Barr. Dr. Simon Lalong had achieved overwhelming success in executing and completing so many projects of sustainable impact in the state.”